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9 Exceptional Life Lessons from Jay Shetty

Jay Shetty has long been known for his efforts in helping other people live their best life by being kinder, generous to others, having compassion, and many more things.



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Jay Shetty has long been known for his efforts in helping other people live their best life by being kinder, generous to others, having compassion, and many more things. Shetty was a business school graduate in a university located in London. After graduating, Shetty received numerous job offers from renowned corporations from all around the world. Despite the impressive salary packages he was offered, Shetty chose to pursue a simpler lifestyle and thus, for the next five years, he adapted a monk lifestyle.

During his life as a monk, Shetty used to meditate for hours, grew compassion for the less fortunate, revised his intentions and motives, as well as practiced gratitude among many other things. However, it was not long before Shetty came to the realization that his main purpose in life was to share his knowledge with others – those who were not able to see the world through a positive lens.

Thus, the monk-turned inspirational figure is known for being an exceptional motivator today. Here are some of the most valuable life lessons from Jay Shetty:

Learning to Let Go of Our Expectations of Others

Resentment is the greatest murderer of compassion, happiness, love and forgiveness. A person who spends all their time resenting others for what they did is wasting their own time, unaware of how detrimental it is to their own health. This forces one into a loop of negative thinking and deters growth, happiness and success in the end. This is what Jay Shetty has to say about this:

We should learn to accept apologies that we have never received,” he says. “Sometimes we are expecting an apology from them because we haven’t gotten an apology from ourselves for getting caught up with them in the first place.”

Embrace the Experimentation of Personal Growth

In the words of Jay Shetty himself: “When you’re in the experimentation level, there’s no judgment, no criticism and no guilt of getting it wrong. You’re simply allowing experimentation to show you what works for you and what doesn’t. Having an experimentation level takes the pressure off. You don’t have to worry about perfecting anything or what anyone’s opinions are during this level. The experiment stage is just about trying new things. Even if you make mistakes (and you will), it’s valuable because you can use those mistakes and try something different.”

Break Free from Your Social Media Addiction

“There’s always been a way in which consumerism and capitalism will constantly try to bombard you,” Shetty says. “We can sit here and complain about it or be upset about it. But guess what? Social media is not going away. So what are we going to do about it?”

Many people are slaves to their mobile phones, and this is bound to lead to poor mental health as well as physical ailments. Many people are quick to shrug this off… but at what cost?

Slow Down

“Giving yourself space and time can actually lead to the birth of more creativity, better creativity and some of your best work,” Shetty says. “If we don’t choose to intentionally slow down and stop being in a rush, your body and mind will force you to do it anyway.”

Get Out & Try New Things

“If I wanted to learn how to race a speed car, I’m not going to go and race with Formula 1 drivers. I’m going to go to a beginner’s class,” Shetty says.

Many people give up before they even start simply because it forces them to step out of their comfort zone. Shetty urges people to try new things, or else how would they even know what they like?

Prioritize Growth over Goals

“If I am just focused on this goal, I am focused on an elusive, arbitrary result,” Shetty says. “We must focus on the growth elements that power the goal.”

Face Your Fear of Judgment

“If you fit in and go with the flow, people will call you a pushover and a follower,” he says. “But if we stand out and we do our own thing, people will call us a rebel and an attention-seeker. The point is, anything we do will always be judged.”

Identify Motives behind Your Decisions

“We wouldn’t know the value of cars if they didn’t have names on them,” Shetty says. “Are we making decisions based on what we are looking for and what is important to us, or what is attractive when comparing?”

All our decisions are based on something – whether it is positive or negative. What is it that you look at or are motivated by when taking decisions? Identify these causes.

Identify Your Source of Procrastination

“Ask yourself, do I find this thing boring, annoying, arduous, ambiguous, unstructured or lacking in purpose?” Shetty asks.

Procrastination continues to be one of the greatest problems of humankind when it comes to accomplishing goals, completing tasks, etc. it is crucial to identify the source to break the cycle.

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